Tis the Season

For me the holidays start with Halloween. I love seeing the kids dressed up in their favorite hero’s costume standing on my doorstep calling out “Trick or Treat” when I open the door. After I’ve passed out candies and the children run toward the next house yelling “thank you” as they go, I step out onto the porch in anticipation of seeing the next group of ghosts, goblins, ballerinas and Ninja Turtles making their way down the street. I’m not sure who gets more joy out of it, the kids or me.

November blows in in full force. There are several birthdays to be celebrated before Thanksgiving–one a week for three weeks. The smells of Papa’s home-baked chocolate cake and fresh pizza from our favorite pizzeria fill the air for days. The third birthday, mine, is usually spent at a quiet restaurant somewhere on the peninsula.

We spend Thanksgiving Day at our daughter’s house. Our contributions to the festivities include a tossed green salad, pistachio pudding, and another one of Papa’s chocolate cakes. My daughter and son-in-law take care of everything else. We eat, watch the Macy’s Day Parade and then football games all day. Between the birthdays and Thanksgiving dinner, my elastic waist pants are getting tight around my mid-section.

I’ve never shopped on Black Friday, but this year I did take advantage of some of the online doorbusters. Unfortunately, for my family, most of what I bought was for me.

I love “feel good” holiday movies. They start just before Halloween with Hocus Pocus, and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Next up, The Wizard of Oz, the day after Thanksgiving, and then the hits just keep on coming. Here are some of my can’t miss, gotta watch Christmas classics.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas—Boris Karloff

How the Grinch Stole Christmas—Jim Carrey

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer–Burl Ives

Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol—Jim Backus

Home Alone—Macaulay Culkin

Die Hard—Bruce Willis

So let the good times roll. My son will be home for a visit. That’s sure to include more food, a couple of movies and karaoke night somewhere. Christmas Eve will be a quiet dinner out with my husband. Since I’m hosting the Christmas Day festivities, I’d better start buying food (guess we’re going to need another cake mix for Papa), wrapping gifts, decorating, cleaning, and cooking. (Hmmm, I wonder which closet the leaves for the dining room table are in?)

New Year’s Eve we not only bring in the coming year, but my husband and I also celebrate our many years of blissful married life.

During all the holiday commotion, I’ll be finding time to sequester myself away from the hustle and bustle to glance back at my first year of retirement. Was it all I’d hope it would be? What worked and what didn’t. Should I make any changes? Travel? Volunteer more or maybe work part time?  Spend more time with family and friends? Should I change up my blog? Write more? Sleep in? Take another class? What’ll I plant in my garden? Answers to these and many more questions remain to be seen. Whatever I decide I look forward to 2019 and all of the wonders the new year brings.

Happy Holidaze Everyone

blur bright candy celebration

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Smiles are contagious; let’s start an epidemic     -Laura Smith-

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November Birthdays 2018

November Birthdays–Photo taken by TB Photography

17 thoughts on “Tis the Season

  1. Hi, Laura – I love your joy and enthusiasm for the back-to-back holidays! I’d add “The Holiday” (2006 – Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz) to your list of Must Watch Movies.
    I look forward to reading the answers that you come up with to the very thoughtful questions that you have posed.
    Happy upcoming anniversary to you and your husband!


  2. Sounds like a busy holiday season and the first one since you’ve retired! Enjoy the beauty of the season. Love to you and your sweet family!


    • Hi Sarah
      It’s always a busy time of year. I’ve been babysitting Aiden and today we went to the mall and saw Santa. That was fun. I’ve not taken a kid to see Santa in probably 30 years.! Yikes
      Have a blessed Holiday Season
      Love you


  3. Hi Laura,
    Your holidays sound busy, but in a good way. Full of family, friends, laughter, good food and traditions.
    Ours are looking very different due to our snow birding to Florida…Thanksgiving and Christmas without cold temps and snow is a bit of a transition! Plus, no family get togethers. But friends and family will visit and we will make new memories with new friends. My blogging about our adventures in retirement is helping to process through it.
    Enjoy your posts…looking forward to what effect your New Years reflections have on your direction!


    • Hi Nancy
      Yes, November and December get a bit crazy here. I’m basically off sugar, another 2018 accomplishment, so all the goodies were a bit tempting. But I made it through. The first time I have not gained weight during the holidays.
      Thanks for your comments


  4. I love this and oh how I remember Mr. Magoo we sure did have some fun didn’t we? Love you lady and a big surprise I hope coming in May. I’ve made reservations for a surprise for Bill for his 70th bday. It’s only a few days but we will be having a bday dinner at you know where and it would be awesome for you to join us in celebrating. Have a very merry and Happy happy, I love you ❤


    • Ok, I’m excited!!! Let me know the dates and I’ll catch up with you guys
      I loved Mr. Magoo. I always cried during that movie. We had Good times growing up together. I remember wrapping presents in the basement and we could turn on your Christmas lights all year round.
      Have a Merry Christmas!
      Love you


    • White Christmas is another winner!!!!! I usually end up wrapping presents late on Christmas Eve and sometimes even on Christmas when the family is arriving.
      Just out of curiosity what’s your favorite song? Mine is Little Drummer Boy duet version by Bing Crosby and David Bowie. They both have the most beautiful voices and harmony. If you haven’t heard it check it out
      Have a wonderful Holiday.

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      • Yes, I love that version of Little Drummer Boy as well. I have a favorite fun one, “Christmas With the Family” by Rosie O’Donnell and the Dixie Chicks but one that always brings a tear to my eye is Raffi’s “Old Toy Trains” because I remember my kids singing it when they were little in their school Christmas programs.


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